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Mean Tweets About Olicity. Ouch!

Wow. I’ve always daydreamed about getting a lot of attention on Twitter, but I may have to reconsider that dream. Haters gonna hate, but this is in-tense!

I wrote a list called Terrible Twosomes: The 15 MOST ANNOYING Couples In The Arrowverse for CBR. I thought the list might nab some eyeballs simply because there are fans of Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow who would disagree. I had no idea, however, that I would unless an absolute torrent of hatred, directed toward me!

These fans are taking umbrage with my #1 choice for Most Annoying Couple: Olicity. If you are unfamiliar with Olicity, think Bennifer or Brangelina. In this case, the two people who are being mashed into one are the ficitional Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak on Arrow. They have a very loyal, very passionate fan base who want nothing less than happily ever after for these two. I, on the other hand, want to barf every time they’re together in some kind of shmoopy way, as I said in the article.

Woe betide the woman who disparaged Olicity! Here, gentle readers, is a collection of some of the best — meaning worst — Tweets I received today.

The Tweets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best of Them All

 

 

Are you on Twitter? Would you like to support me? You can re-Tweet the original Tweet from here. Obviously, I need all the back-up I can get!

 

Six Four Book Review

‘Six Four’ Book Review

Six Four is more of an interesting look into Japanese culture than a gripping thriller.

Reading a well-conceived mystery that takes place in another culture can make a great book into a sensation. When I started reading Six Four, by Hideo Yokoyoma, I was reminded of some of those great books, Gorky Park set in the Soviet Union, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which informed me about Swedish white supremacists, or even Silence of the Lambs which taught this American a lot about the police culture in the United States.

Yokoyama understands exactly what the police in Japan do— well, at least he seems to. I have no idea what they actually do, so I can’t really confirm that this culture is all correct. I can say that it is fully realized illustration of Japanese police culture which may or may not be accurate, but is very interesting.

Synopsis

Six Four, first and foremost, concerns a 14-year-old kidnapping with a botched police investigation. The head of media relations, Yoshinobu Mikami, is given a series of strange orders. Once a detective, he begins to follow the trail through the police force, prostrating himself when necessary, sometimes acting aggressively, often lying. Near the beginning of the book, Mikami goes to see the kidnapped girl’s father and has to stop to buy some rice crackers, a touch that you would not see in an American mystery. The difference in cultures is fascinating. At the point in time that this book was written, Japan had a fifteen-year statue of limitations on murder! Murder!

Like I said, that’s how I felt when I started.

I hadn’t read Six Four entirely and I started off rapturously listing the exciting parts of the narrative, the rich mystery, the interesting Japanese office politics, the desire to do the right thing in a police force with strict rules, i.e., where do you start following orders and when do you go off reservation in pursuit of the truth.

Sadly, I got to, say, about page 300, and I realized I was reading a story about a police detective who was finding out that being a press secretary was important. Seriously, there are 350 pages of deciding that anonymous reporting— giving the press the facts of a case but leaving out the names— causes trouble. Sure, it’s an interesting point, but not 300-pages interesting.

I thought it was going to be a mystery! It’s a 600-page book about a press secretary coming into his own. It’s not awful; I finished it. But the “six four” refers to a kidnapping and that’s what I wanted to read about.

Sure, Six Four is interesting. But it’s a little too long to just be interesting.

If you like Japan, or you’re thinking about visiting Japan, this might be a good book to read. But if you haven’t read Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, maybe read those books instead.

Right off the bat, my favorite thing is that nobody is ever supposed to talk to the big boss, who doesn’t really seem to do anything. I guess that’s true in America too, but I had never thought of it like that. There’s a part where the main character bursts into his boss’s boss’s office and the guy just can’t believe it

Six Four is a book of manners, like the work of Jane Austen. You may not know a lot about Victorian England, but certainly a quick read of Pride and Prejudice can give you a window into how things were. Likewise, Six Four shows Japanese culture in action and shows a lot about what it means to be a good person in Japan, and it’s not necessarily the same thing as in America. For instance, your boss is sacrosanct in Japan. You don’t complain to them, you solve problems so the boss never has to hear of them.

And there’s a lot about emerging feminism in Japan.

There are moments when Mikami won’t let his female subordinate, Mikumo (lots of similar names in this book!) do the same jobs as his male employees because it would be banking on her being young and beautiful. He is trying to be feminist by not exploiting her! But she just wants to get on her with her work and tries to communicate that to Mikami without offending him, until she just lets loose after a few drinks.

So yes, there’s lot of interesting stuff in this book. But it’s too long! There’s like a 400-page section where you learn absolutely nothing new about the kidnapping. If you’re already interested in Japanese culture, give it a read. But otherwise, I’d suggest giving it a pass.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Review

‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ Review

Let me be up front. This Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 review is not going to be as glowing as the pages and pages of reviews out there. So, if you want to find out why I’m all “meh,” keep reading.

The Basics

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 begins not long after the gang defeated Ronan. They have clearly gelled into a routine, although they’re still working out some minor irritations with each other. They wouldn’t be the Guardians if they weren’t bickering.

The sequel focuses on what it means to be a family even more than the original. In this case, family for Peter Quill could be Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, or it could be Ego the Living Planet, or even that blue rascal, Yondu.

What Worked

Spoilers ahead. Beware!

Peter Quill and Ego the Living Planet

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Ego (Kurt Russell)..Ph: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2017

Marvel has a successful formula for blockbuster superhero films. Although director James Gunn has described Guardians of the Galaxy as a space opera, akin to Star Wars, rather than a superhero film, the same formula that made Avengers work has been applied to Guardians of the Galaxy, both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. All the ups and downs come at the right time, all the beats work rhythmically, and every single character gets their shining moment.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 covers a lot of ground in just two hours. The beauty of Marvel is that the media company knows how to serve up complicated stories and mind-blowing explanations in digestible bites. When Ego the Living Planet describes the timeline of meeting Peter’s mom, for instance, we get some easy-to-follow visuals that match an easy-to-follow monologue.

All movies set in some kind of outlandish world where people have powers require a great deal of suspension of disbelief. Guardians of the Galaxy movies require even more than usual. So many space things make little sense in these movies, if you think about them too hard. To keep audiences from falling into the “that would never happen” trap, the pace of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is super-fast, like, blink and you’ll miss something.

All the actors are spot on, as usual. Each of them gets their starring moments to shine. Kurt Russell, who plays Ego the Living Planet, does a tremendous job of playing a character who is sometimes sympathetic and sometimes terrifying.

Groot in the Captain's Chair

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

What Didn’t Work

The things that didn’t work in the movie are fairly minor.

Like I mentioned above, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 covered a lot of story at a quick pace, all the while giving each character their own special moment. The result, however, was that I walked out of the theater with my head spinning a bit. I had trouble remembering anything specific from the movie, because I had a general blur running through my brain. I can seize on plenty of moments, and the more I think about it, I can tease out moments that I enjoyed. Overall, I wish there had been less.

When you have too many characters in a movie, which Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 does, the audience doesn’t get to spend enough time with the right people. What do I mean? Chris Pratt is the star of the Guardians, far and away. His off-the-wall line delivery, combined with his mischievous smirk, was what made Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1 different from other superhero movies. He was the glue that held together the disparate parts of the story and the cast. There’s not nearly enough of him in Vol. 2. He has a few great scenes, but the Chris Pratt concentration is far too diluted by having to cover everyone else. Not enough Star-Lord.

Which characters could have been jettisoned? Mantis, for sure. Yeah, she plays a great straight man to Drax’s shenanigans (actually, it’s hard to say who’s the straight man in that comedy duo), but she was completely unnecessary. That whole scene where she revealed what everyone already knew, that Peter was hot for Gamora, was entirely unnecessary. One could argue she was instrumental in moving the story about Ego along, but I’m confident the writers could have come up with other plot devices that wouldn’t have wasted time introducing a new character. Plus, a little Drax goes a long, long way.

Drax and Mantis

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

The Ravagers got way too much screen time, as well. Again, I understand that their mutiny played a big part in Yondu’s evolution, but he was already well on the way to becoming a better man (alien?). Gunn could have cut down on a lot of their comedic scenes and just gotten on with it. The whole “taser face” running gag was just indulgent.

Let’s take a moment to talk about special effects. Now, my husband will be the first to tell you that I am dazzled by special effects. Usually, the more the better, I say. I love spectacle, so big explosions and highly choreographed action scenes make me bug out. However, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is so saturated with special effects, even I disconnected from the movie. At times, when the only organic things on the screen were actors, I could actually see them standing in a cavernous, green soundstage. The special effects were terribly well-executed, and gorgeous, but I could have used more practical effects and sets, and less green-screen.

Gamora on Ego

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..Gamora (Zoe Saldana)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Finally, my last complaint about Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is that it was too serious. I know, I know. You’re like, what? Look, if I want get all weepy and covered in snot, I’ll watch Logan; I knew I’d be crying in my Coke in that movie. Guardians, however, shouldn’t have been reducing me to a blubber. And it did. A lot. Sure, I tend to shed tears like Beyoncé sheds costumes at the MTV Awards, but about two-thirds through the movie, I was thinking, enough already! There’s way too much soul-searching going on in a movie that’s supposed to just entertain me. Every frickin’ character had some kind of breakdown moment. Even Rocket, who usually couldn’t care less about matters of the heart, was all up in the feels. Here’s hoping Vol. 3 kills off more characters, and does it in the most hilarious way possible. (Dance-off?)

Bottom Line

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is a fun movie. It’s even “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes. But it’s more like a theme park ride than a story, with too many characters, too many special effects, and too little Star-Lord.


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